NSF Seeks Feedback on Research.gov Proposal Test Site

March 13, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

nsfFor applicants of National Science Foundation (NSF) research awards, the testing phase is now in full swing! We here at Thompson have discussed this topic in some recent articles, but in case others were unaware, NSF stated that beginning on April 30, NSF applicants will be able to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals in Research.gov. The initial release of this new Research.gov capability will run in parallel with existing FastLane proposal preparation and submission capabilities, so proposers can choose to prepare and submit full, research non-collaborative proposals either in Research.gov or in FastLane starting on April 30.

However, as of Feb. 28, NSF has made the new Research.gov proposal preparation functionality available to the research community to test out and become familiar with its features, and to collect preliminary feedback. Users can go to Research.gov, sign in, and select the “Prepare & Submit Proposals” tab on the top navigation bar. This preview feature will be available until 8 p.m. EDT on April 27.

Among the features on the preview site that are available to users with a FastLane or Research.gov account to sample include:

  • initiating full, research non-collaborative proposals (other proposal types are planned for future releases);
  • adding principal investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, senior personnel, and other authorized users;
  • uploading required proposal documents;
  • creating budgets;
  • checking compliance; and
  • enabling Sponsored Project Officer (SPO)/Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) access for review.

NSF noted that during the testing phase, all test data entered on the Research.gov proposal preparation site will be deleted at the end of the preview period; NSF will not be able to recover any proposal test data entered during the preview period that was deleted; and information entered into the preview site will not actually be submitted to NSF. In addition, test data can be entered on the Research.gov proposal preparation site but actual proposals cannot be submitted to NSF via Research.gov during the preview period.

NSF said any feedback received on the preview site will be vital.  The agency plans to make a link available on the Research.gov “About Proposal Preparation & Submission Site” page for feedback. Responses from the community and NSF staff will be used to enhance the site and expand functionality incrementally, with the goal of eventually transitioning all proposal preparation and submission functionality from FastLane to Research.gov. A Frequently Asked Questions page about the proposal preparation site is available here.

Now would be a good time to check out the Research.gov preview site and see how it works. Perhaps you can find some tweaks that would make the process more efficient and effective. Log on today!

What do you think about the Research.gov preview functionality page? We’d love to hear your reactions.


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